Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill today commended Senate passage of their legislation designating May 1, 2018, as Silver Star Service Banner Day. The measure passed the Senate by unanimous consent yesterday. Blunt and McCaskill have introduced similar legislation annually to honor our nation’s wounded and ill service members and veterans, and their families.

“Our nation’s military men and women put everything on the line to keep us safe, risking illness or injury that may affect the rest of their lives,” said Blunt. “Silver Star Service Banner Day is an opportunity to reflect on their courage and selflessness, and all of the blessings we owe to them and their families. I thank my colleagues for once again joining us in dedicating May 1 to the service members and veterans who carry the scars of their service with them every day, and the family members who share in their sacrifice.”

“It’s our sacred duty to honor the brave men and women and their families who have served our country, often at great personal sacrifice,” said McCaskill, the daughter of a World War II veteran. “Silver Star Banner Day is a small gesture, but a big reminder, of what our servicemembers give to ensure our safety and security, and the freedoms we too often take for granted.”

Silver Star Families of America is a national non-profit program headquartered in Clever, Mo. The organization honors and assists members of the Armed Forces and their families from every branch of service and from all wars. SSFOA provides assistance to veterans who have suffered illness or injury in the course of their service, and distributes Silver Star Flags and care packages to wounded veterans and their families.